I urge all my readers to become part of this demonstration in front of the Midwood home of the Exec VP of Agudath Israel of America (aka Agudah), Dovd Zweibel.
Agudah discourages reporting of child molesters by misrepresenting halacha to claim one must consult with a rabbi. Most Agudah rabbis then either rule against reporting or discourage it for non-halachic reasons
Agudah, together with the Catholic Church, has blocked New York State legislation to strengthen prosecution of molesters as criminals and to force them and their protectors to pay for the damage they cause. For the 9th year in a row, they have blocked attempts to reform the NYS Statute of Limitations. Why? Because they want to avoid embarrassment and avoid paying for the damage caused by tolerating and covering up for molesters.
Agudah just does not care that much about the horrors inflicted on our children. Oh, they shrei gevalt that it is terrible. But not terrible enough to act. At the end of the day they care more about the finances of mosdos than about children. Incredibly they are not even ashamed to admit as much. The Novominsker Rebbe, openly said that changing the laws will destroy mosdos torah.
This won’t change till they are shamed into changing. Survivors and activists have spent many hours trying inside persuasion. Es toigt gornisht.
If you want safety for children in the orthodox world, join the demonstration.
Where: 1146 east 9th St., Brooklyn, NY 11230
When: Sunday June 25, 3pm
Please contribute to the costs of posters and publicity for this and similar future protests. Direct donations through PAYPAL. At present, Zaakah, the organization that did so much on the Weberman case is not an IRS certified 501c3 charity so this contribution will not qualify for a tax deduction.
I know all parties involved in handling the funds and I am confident the funds will be handled with integrity and exclusively used for work to fight child sex abuse. Right now the costs are being met out of pocket by an individual of modest means, who volunteers a lot of time. I have already contributed and a very few others have committed. But let’s spread the load.